GRAMMY Music Educator Award Nominee 2014, 2015, 2016
MusicMakers Academy: WINNER OF THE 2007 ARTS in BUSINESS and COMMUNITY AWARD
from the Town of Manchester and the Manchester Arts Commission!
Private Music Lessons in our Academy
The MusicMakers Academy, located conveniently off of I-384 Exit 2 (Keeney Street) at 517 Hartford Road in Manchester, CT, is a friendly and comfortable place of learning. With private studios, classroom space, and our own recital space, we are able to offer our students many more services than the average music studio. We offer an international program from Europe (ABRSM) for chosen students. This program entails a specialized curriculum with an examination each year, on an international scoring scale.
Our waiting area is pleasant, with comfortable couches and spaces to sit. Students and siblings are welcome to do their homework or have a snack while waiting. We have free Wireless Internet Service (Wi-Fi), so feel free to bring your laptop along, too!
Oftentimes children, especially younger children, get more out of their lessons when coming to the Academy since they can “put on their music hat” and focus better in this professional atmosphere, rather than have the normal distractions of home, such as pets, phones, neighborhood friends, and sibling interruptions.
Our second location is in the Young@Art facility at 50 Purnell Place, Manchester – come enjoy the Main Street downtown atmosphere while you or your child takes their lesson. Convenient, plenty of parking, and in walking distance to MCC on Main, Manchester Hardware, Lucky Taco Restaurant, and MORE.
Private Music Lessons in your home
MusicMakers is the only company in the area to offer professional, private lessons in our students’ homes OR in our comfortable academy. We have been successfully providing this convenient service for 10 years!
WHY should you hire a company rather than an individual?
For several reasons, first and foremost being safety. We are able to screen our teachers in a much more thorough way than the average family.
WHY bring a complete stranger into your house?– especially one who will be working with your child?
It sounds crazy, but people do this all the time. By going with MusicMakers, you have the peace of mind to trust your child is in good hands, and if there are ever any concerns you have the backing of a company.
How do you know for sure that the independent teacher you hire to come into your home really has the credentials they say they do?
Unfortunately, Connecticut does not have a license for private music instruction; this translates into anyone being able to say they have the degrees and experience to teach your child without ever having to back it up. At MusicMakers, we check every reference, and we know what to look for in a teacher’s background to verify that they indeed are well-qualified. In fact, we go many steps further–our teachers are professional teachers with years of experience, training, and study.
You can feel comfortable knowing that our teachers are screened carefully and references are checked. Click here to get to know our teachers.
PLUS! This is a great solution for today’s busy families who simply cannot get to our Academy. MusicMakers specializes in providing excellent teachers for students of all ages and levels.
Matching you with a teacher
The MusicMakers staff takes a personal interest in matching every student to a teacher. Whereas most places arbitrarily assign teacher to student, we want to get to know our students and match you with the right teacher. This can be done over the phone or email when you inquire about registering.
However, because we know how important it is for the teacher and student to have a good working relationship, you are welcome to make an appointment to come in to the Academy for an initial consultation/evaluation. At this time, we will personally register you, evaluate your needs, discover your goals, and assign you to an appropriate teacher. Whether you decide to have your lessons in your home or our Academy, we will help you along the way to have a positive experience.
On-site or In-Home Lessons: Deciding which is best for you
There are several factors to think about in making the decision between lessons in your home and lessons in our Academy. Ask yourself:
* Does my schedule allow me enough time to travel to and from a lesson?
* Would the student concentrate better in their own environment or in a professional studio environment?
* Are there too many distractions in my home (i.e., siblings, telephone, television, friends, etc.)?
* How important is it to me to have access to computers and other musical equipment?
* How important is it to me to have access to a musical library?
* Do I have enough room in my home to provide private space for lessons and practice time?
* Do I feel uncomfortable with someone entering my home on a weekly basis?
Other factors to think about:
* As with any exclusive service, lessons in your home are more expensive than lessons in a studio.
* When a teacher comes to your home, you will need to be more flexible about lesson times and punctuality of teachers due to unforeseen traffic problems, weather, etc.
* Some students take lessons more seriously when taken in a studio environment.
* Regarding piano lessons, there are definite advantages for the student taking lessons on his or her own instrument.
* There are also advantages to a teacher being able to see, first-hand, the student’s practicing environment.
Our Exclusive Comprehensive Music Learning™ (CML) Approach
MusicMakers uses the C.M.L. approach, developed by our company, for all private lessons programs. Our mantra is “Give a person a fish, feed him for a day; teach a person to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” Our program consists of building a solid foundation in technique, theory/note-reading, history, and even composition so our students become “independent musicians,” capable of picking up music on their own and being able to play it. In addition to weekly private music lessons, our program includes student master classes, parent workshops, and plenty of opportunity to perform.
We offer lessons on all instruments and voice, to all ages and levels.
We are happy to answer your questions, have you come in to meet us, give you a referral, discuss lessons, or anything else. Please call us at 860-646-3096 or email Our Executive Director.